The cover page of my most recent books (Folklore and the Alternative Modernities) in two volumes. The books were released on 25th Feb 2012 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi by Prof.Manoj Das.
In these two volumes, an attempt has been made to deal with the study of folklore and the alternative modernities associated with it. The research papers closely examine how folk , classical and modern literatures exchange hands to enrich each other. The papers have taken well knit examples from the oral and written literatures of different regions of India with a few comparative studies from the world literatures. The books experiment with a flexible view of folk, not making folk a part of marginal literature. Folk is not something out there in a museum, it is a part and parcel of our lives, and thus, our mainstream literature. Thus, the modern texts in literature that have made explicit use of the folk to make it available to the readers today are also treated at par with the folk texts that have only the oral tradition, called the pure folk. The books examine the nature, concept and function of folk in modern Indian literature. These volumes would be of immense value for the literature teachers, researchers, folklorists, anthropologists, experts of social psychology marginal studies, dalit studies, developmental studies, culture critics, linguists and policy planners.